Sir Alex Ferguson donates £250,000 to cancer drug research

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It has been revealed that Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson made a £250,000 donation to help fund research for a new 'breakthrough' cancer treatment after a chance meeting with a professor in a pub.

According to the Daily Mirror, the former Old Trafford manager happened to meet Professor Agamemnon Epenetos, a visiting professor at Imperial College London, in a bar and the pair got talking about his research into cancer treatments. Ferguson was reportedly so enthused by what he heard that he handed over a cheque for £250,000 on the sport.

Since retiring as Manchester United manager after 26 years in charge this summer, the Scot has been enjoying the increase in spare time making various trips in between his duties as non-executive director. One thing he has signed up for is to be the face of the £30million campaign launched by the Scottish government to boost early detection of cancer, which he said was motivated by the fact that he lost both his parents to lung cancer.

Professor Epenetos' research has been developing a protein, named TR4, which enters the nucleus of cancer stem cells, causing it to shut down and die. The report claims the new protein has been named the "biggest cancer breakthrough in decades" in treating certain types of the disease.

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